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Notebook: Indiana believes Michigan is just as dangerous despite injuries


After losing so many of its leading players from last season, from Nik Stauskas to Jordan Morgan to Glenn Robinson III, Michigan came into the 2014-2015 season riding the coattails of junior Caris LeVert and sophomore Derrick Walton Jr. — its only two returning starters.

Yet midway through this season, the Wolverines have had to learn to adjust to life without both LeVert and Walton.

LeVert was declared out for the remainder of the season with a left foot injury suffered in a game against Northwestern. Walton, although Michigan coach John Beilein is hopeful he will return at some point this season, also has a foot injury and has not played since Jan. 24.

But Indiana still regards the Wolverines as having a “tremendous system,” one that has not changed from those injuries. And heading into Sunday’s game against Michigan in Assembly Hall, the Hoosiers are on high alert.

“They’re missing some players but they’re not missing their coach, they’re not missing their staff, and they’re not missing their system,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said. “And when you have that, you’ve got a chance to be very successful.

“So we have great respect for what they are doing, great respect for our battles with them over a period of time, and we are excited to play.”


Video: Crean, IU players preview Michigan

Tom Crean, Troy Williams and Yogi Ferrell met with the media on Saturday morning at Assembly Hall to preview Sunday afternoon’s matchup with Michigan.

What to Expect: Michigan


Indiana returns to Assembly Hall on Sunday for a matinee matchup with Michigan. The Wolverines are 13-10 overall and 6-5 in conference play following a 72-54 loss to Iowa on Thursday night.

The game will be broadcast on CBS at 1 p.m. with Kevin Harlan and Clark Kellogg on the call:

No team in the Big Ten has been decimated by injuries this season like the Michigan Wolverines. After a run to the national championship game in 2013 and a trip to the Elite Eight in 2014, some regression was bound to happen in Ann Arbor. That’s to be expected when, over the course of two years, you lose five players via early entry to the NBA.

But no one could have predicted the injuries that have completely derailed this Michigan club.

Junior Caris LeVert, a preseason first team All-Big Ten selection, is out for the season. Sophomore point guard Derrick Walton has battled a foot injury for most of the season, has missed three straight games and is unlikely to play anytime soon. Junior Spike Albrecht has a hip injury that he has decided to play through. Freshman D.J. Wilson has a knee injury that will force him to take a medical redshirt. Other Wolverines have missed time with various illnesses.

Michigan’s NCAA tournament hopes, which were hanging by a thread thanks to a 6-4 start in league play, were possibly put to rest on Thursday as the Wolverines suffered their worst home loss in five seasons. The next stop for Michigan? Assembly Hall, a building that hasn’t been kind in recent years as IU has won the last five series meetings in Bloomington.


2014-2015 ITH season preview: Michigan Wolverines


With the start of college basketball season on the horizon, we’ll be taking a long look at the conference at large as well as Indiana’s roster over the next month. Today, we continue our look at the Big Ten with the Michigan Wolverines.

The 2013-2014 campaign was expected to be one of retooling in Ann Arbor. John Beilein had lost a pair of first round picks in national player of the year Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., and although the Wolverines returned a talented roster, it’s never easy to replace that type of production.

But when the dust settled on the Big Ten race, Michigan had distanced itself from the rest of the conference pack and in doing so, earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. Led by Big Ten player of the year Nik Stauskas, the Wolverines reached the Elite Eight, falling to national runner-up, Kentucky.

This year, Beilein will once again have plenty of production to replace if Michigan plans to compete again for a conference championship. Stauskas, Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary are all now in the NBA, Jordan Morgan is playing professionally in Italy and Jon Horford transferred to Florida.

In most circumstances, a program that lost three NBA draft picks and two valuable frontcourt pieces would be expected to take a step back. But it’s a credit to Beilein that Michigan is still being projected as a probable top 25 team and one that should compete for a top five finish in the conference.

So why, exactly, is there optimism about this Michigan team?


Film Session: The Yogi-Troy connection


Yogi Ferrell dished out a season-high eight assists in IU’s 84-80 loss to Michigan on Saturday night. The sophomore did a great job of breaking down the Wolverine defense off the dribble and finding teammates for scores.

Freshman Troy Williams (16 points) was often on the receiving end of those passes, as he was smart in movement off the ball for buckets.

A look at four assists from Ferrell to Williams in the latest edition of Film Session:

The Hoosiers quickly bring the ball up the court and it looks as if they’re getting into their weave action on the perimeter with a handoff from Ferrell to Stan Robinson:


Ferrell ends up keeping the ball on the sneak and all Derrick Walton can do is point for someone to pick Ferrell up. Glenn Robinson III slides over to cover up the rim and stop Ferrell’s drive:



Five takeaways from Indiana’s loss at Michigan


Indiana wrapped up the regular season on Saturday night with an 84-80 loss to No. 12 at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor. The Hoosiers are 17-14 overall and 7-11 in the Big Ten and will play in the 8-9 game on Thursday at noon in the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis.

Here’s a look at five takeaways from the loss to the Wolverines:

· An offensive showcase: Michigan finished with 1.28 points per possession in the win and Indiana finished at 1.22, its best offensive output this season in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers also posted an effective field goal percentage of 66.3, its highest mark in a Big Ten game, but it wasn’t enough as Michigan made a few more plays down the stretch to hold off a late rally.

So why was Indiana so good offensively? Balance.

The Hoosiers had four players in double figures and a fourth, Devin Davis, had nine points. Will Sheehey set the pace with 17 points, with Troy Williams and Yogi Ferrell adding in 16 points each. While Indiana can usually count on a solid performance from Ferrell, he hasn’t gotten help consistently this season which is why the Hoosiers have been so hit and miss offensively. On Saturday, IU shared the ball (17 assists) and got dribble penetration consistently, which is a big reason they were able to score 80 points.


Hoosiers can’t stop second-half Wolverines effort, fall short in 84-80 defeat


ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The same script has played out over and over for Indiana this season: build a lead on the road and watch it slip away into a loss.

It happened on Saturday, once again.

After the Hoosiers built a 10-point lead in the first half at the Crisler Center, a 12-turnover second half saw the Hoosiers’ lead evaporate. And in the regular season finale, the Michigan Wolverines (23-7, 15-3) emerged with an 84-80 victory over the Hoosiers (17-14, 7-11) in front of an announced crowd of 12,701.

“There’s times this year, hence our record, that we haven’t been as consistent,” Indiana coach Tom Crean said following the game. “Even though we lost the game today, we did a lot of good things that we can build on.

“But it’s still the same things.”

Throughout Saturday afternoon’s game, though, the Hoosiers’ offense clicked. Against the conference’s No. 10 defense in league play, Indiana averaged 1.23 points per possession — its most since a 102-84 win over Washington on Nov. 21.


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